Category: opinion

Student Poverty Is Real

BY ALEXANDER SHEDD, EDITOR IN CHIEF Being a college student is not easy. That is not an original idea. Across the country, millennial students are calling attention to the hardships of working full time to merely scrape by among the…

Shutdowns Are Silly And Congress Should End Them

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER The logic of a government shutdown is quite straightforward: the government runs out of money because Congress cannot pass appropriations bills. Therefore, the government must shut down. However, like all issues in politics that seem…

Mason’s Procurement Needs to be Conflict-Free

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER Every action we make has consequences. Some have minor impacts and some have larger impacts. At times, we most often think that our actions cannot possibly have too large of consequences, at least on a…

What the Hell does Student Government Do?

BY TIM O’SHEA, CONTRIBUTOR I joined Mason’s Student Government (SG) familiar with the dismal aspects of its reputation. I knew that many students see SG as an ineffective body comprised of playacting, would-be politicians passing empty bills and soaking up…

We Should Focus on Local Politics

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER National politics can be quite the spectacle. There’s never a shortage of intrigue when it comes to Washington D.C. There’s always a scandal to be found, legislation to be considered or any other manner of…

The Importance of Understanding Diversity

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER As of 2019, there are 954 hate groups in America, which has been increasing nationally ever since 1999. It is not unusual in this day and age in the United States to see hate crimes…

Make America Work Again

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER In late October of 1995, I was born in what was until now the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. My father is a federal employee, and needless to say, my entrance to…

Why I Like Mason’s New Delivery Robots––and You Should Too

BY DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER Since their deployment at the beginning of the semester, convoys of delivery robots have quickly taken the Mason community by storm. In under a week, these cooler-sized couriers had already become virtual celebrities, drawing…